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Manchester United teenager undecided on future

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A number of different countries are chasing the services of 18-year old Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj.

Januzaj came into the spotlight of world football with his game winning double that saw Manchester United defeat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The teenager is yet to represent a country at any level and is eligible to represent a number of different nations due to his family background, however he has not yet revealed his nation of preference.

He is eligible to represent Belgium through birth, Albania through his parents and Serbia due to the disputed status of his parents' homeland of Kosovo.

He could choose to represent Kosovo but due to the team not competing in official FIFA sanctioned tournaments because of disputes in recognition status, it may provide a barrier for Januzaj.

More recently, England has come into the frame of luring the young star to represent the Three Lions as he may fall eligible to play under the residential rules that FIFA has. The world's governing body state a player must occupy official residency in a country for six years to become eligible.

Januzaj moved to England as a 16-year old in 2011, which will mean that in 2018 he will become eligible to play for the national team. Head coach Roy Hodgson has expressed his desire for Januzaj to represent England stating.

Januzaj has kept his cards close to his chest about his preference for representation, instead choosing to focus on developing his game in order to receive more first team action for the Red Devils.

He has knocked back calls from Belgium to play games for them at the under-18 and under-19 levels.

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